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Re: [css3-fonts] font-specific feature handling

From: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 15:33:47 -0800 (PST)
To: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Cc: www-style <www-style@w3.org>, Thomas Phinney <tphinney@cal.berkeley.edu>
Message-ID: <1997170478.170111.1267140827077.JavaMail.root@cm-mail03.mozilla.org>
David Singer wrote:
> Do variations such as lining figures, small caps, or swash italics,
> fall within this area?  If so, I think it not unlikely that some
> fallback fonts will support those features.

Lining figures and small caps are not font specific.  Several of the
'font-variant-alternates' values are font-specific but most other font
features are not, including kerning, ligatures, numerical formatting,
capitalization and CJK features.  That's why the scope of possible
problems is somewhat limited I think.

What do you mean precisely by "swash italics"?  Swashes in the italic
face?  If so, yes, those are font specific (see swash properties under
'font-variant-alternates'.  Not sure fallback fonts would typically
support swashes, websafe fonts don't appear to support much more
beyond ligatures.


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